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Subject Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!
Date Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:24:27 GMT
FYI:  I helped mentor an Apache sponsored OSU CS Capstone project
last school year.  It is a good opportunity for Apache committers
and members to sponsor a school project and assign one or more
mentors.  This is a good learning experience for both students and

I have visited the campus numerous times.  Most of the students are
very interested in anything that is open-source.

Oregon State University is the largest technical and engineering
university in the state located in Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

Steven J. Hathaway
Apache Xalan

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From: []
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 10:35 AM
To: Hathaway, Steven
Subject: Time to propose a CS Capstone Project!

Colleagues --

Have you always wanted a particular software tool developed for your use,
but have never had the time
to do it yourself?  Well then, read on. Have I got a deal for you!

My name is Kevin McGrath.  I am the instructor who runs the OSU Computer
Science Senior Capstone class.
The Capstone class is a 3-quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring) "career 
preparation" experience. The major
piece of this is doing a significant 2-4 member team project.

When the students come to the first class on September 29, I want to
present them with a list of
exciting, creative, and real-experience software engineering project
possibilities.  This is where you
come in. I am looking for you to use your needs and experience to propose
those project possibilities.

A web site has been setup to give you more information, and let you enter
and edit your project


You have until September 29 to get yours in.  That is the date the
students will see them, and will
start the selection process. In that process, I ask the students to "bid"
on their top 3 choices. I
ultimately make the final project assignments, but I try to take their
preferences into account.  I
find I get better results that way.

There will likely be more projects proposed than students teams to do
them. *So, really sell your
project.*  Definitely don't understate its cool-ness factor!

After projects have been selected, we will follow a client-contractor
model in which I "run" the software
contract company and you are one of our valued clients. The students
"report" to me, but you, as client,
work directly with them to design the requirements, set the timeline,
approve the progress.  You also get
to help assign grades.

Any project can be proposed from anybody.  I don't care where you are
from, just that your project
represents an excellent software engineering experience for the students.

Do remember, however, that these are seniors. They have taken the core
classes so far, but most have not
taken some of the electives that would really help in some projects, such
as graphics, AI, computer
vision, etc.  Keep that in mind when proposing.

If you have questions or want to discuss project possibilities, feel free
to contact me at:

                 D. Kevin McGrath
                 Instructor, Computer Science
                 Oregon State University
                 2109 Kelley Engineering Center

Thanks for your time -- I look forward to working with you!

                                                 -- Kevin McGrath

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